Your eyes constantly produce tears made of mucus, water, and oil. Their combination keeps your eyes moisturized, removes foreign particles, and prevents rapid tear evaporation for your clear eyesight. That said, you may develop dry eyes when there’s failure to produce a healthy amount or the right consistency of tears. Let Clear View Vision Care, your trusted optical care clinic, discuss this syndrome in detail.
Common Risk Factors
Dry eye development is more common among older women, particularly those who are postmenopausal, as part of the hormonal and aging changes they experience. Staying in dry and humid places may also increase your tears’ evaporation rate. Overusing your digital devices may reduce your blinking rate as well, leading to this condition. Cigarette smoking may introduce compounds into your body which may decrease your eyes’ lubrication too.
Dry eye disease may cause your eyes to become red, painful, and watery. A gritty or sandy feeling, as if something is stuck in your eye, is also common. Those who have had dry eyes for a long time may have discharges coming out of their eyes, usually accompanied by a stinging or burning sensation. For more severe cases, you may notice heightened sensitivity to light and decreased tolerance to visually demanding tasks. If you notice any of these, your optometrist may perform some eye exams to confirm this condition.
Detection and Management
For an accurate dry eye diagnosis, we utilize the JENVIS Dry Eye Report. After accomplishing the dry eye questionnaire, we’ll measure your lid-parallel conjunctival folds through a slit lamp test to check the amount of tear production. We’ll then take detailed images of your ocular structures using the Keratograph® 5M, helping us identify the root cause of your condition.
Upon confirming dry eyes, we may have you undergo the LipiFlow® treatment. This is an FDA-approved procedure which involves using thermal heat to release the pressure clogging your meibomian glands, trapping tears within. This helps stimulate tear production and flow for your improved visual comfort.
If you’re looking for comprehensive ocular disease management, turn to Clear View Vision Care. Apart from dry eye syndrome, we also treat macular degeneration, refractive errors, and more. For more information about our eye care services, call us at (520) 394-6111 or complete our form. We serve Tucson and nearby AZ areas.